How To Remove A Splinter

Remove a Splinter

Most of us at one time or another have experienced a splinter. Next time you have a run-in with an old bit of furniture or the log pile, check out our guide below on how to remove the shard with minimum fuss.

  1. Clean Wound. Clean the area with mild soap and water
  2. If you can see the end of the splinter, grip it with clean tweezers and gently pull out the entire shard
  3. If you have trouble seeing the splinter, use stronger lighting and a magnifying glass if necessary
  4. Clean wound area again. Apply a bandage and antibiotic ointment

Most splinters do not need the care of a medical practitioner. We would recommend getting medical advice if:

  1. You can’t remove it or only managed to remove it partially
  2. The splinter is deep in the skin or the wound is bleeding heavily
  3. The splinter is under a fingernail or toenail
  4. Be sure to check and ask if a tetanus booster is needed

Watch for any signs of infection: redness, increasing pain, swelling, or pus at the site. Call a health care provider if you see any of these signs.

If a splinter is not removed immediately that little, tiny shard can cause a great big infection and become more deeply embedded in your skin.

Do not ignore a splinter especially if the area starts to have any redness or feels hot to touch. Go to a doctor or nurse practitioner to have it removed immediately.